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Child Life Specialists

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Certification as a certified child life specialist is available through the Child Life Council's Child Life Certifying Committee. Certification criteria include passing an examination, fulfilling education requirements, and completing a minimum of 480 hours of child life clinical experience under the direct supervision of a certified child life specialist. Although certification is voluntary, it is highly recommended. Some health care centers will not hire a child life specialist who is not certified.

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